The Richest Man in Babylon Book Review

MORE THAN TWO MILLION BOOKS SOLD!  This claim headed by George S. Clason’s “The Richest Man in Babylon” doesn’t even come close to measuring the greatness of this book.  This book will take you on a journey throughout ancient Babylon; unraveling the secrets of wealth along the way.  The simplicity of this book’s principles stands the test of time, and will continue to do so.  This book is simply inspiring!

The book is broken down into several parables that will guide you upon your financial endeavor in life.  These parables are interesting and fun to read, and make the financial principles easy to understand.  One of the first principles that this book will teach you is that part of your money is yours to keep.  Once you understand that, all of the other things will come together as well.  It also has lessons on how ambition will get you out of debt if you are willing to pay back your debts.  Each of these are simple principles, but they are the truths in life.

The 7 Cures for a Lean Purse

In the book there is a whole chapter dedicated to getting more money in your pocket, it’s called “Seven Cures for a Lean Purse.”  I will list all 7 rules, so you can get a general feel for what this book teaches.  If you do as the seven cures say, you will have a large purse, but in order to learn more about these rules, you have to read the book.

Rule 1: start thy purse to fattening.

Rule 2: control thy expenditures.

Rule 3: make thy gold multiply.

Rule 4: guard thy treasures from loss.

Rule 5: make thy dwelling a profitable investment.

Rule 6: insure a future income.

Rule 7: increase thy ability to earn.

Five Laws of Gold

One of the other great helps in this book is a chapter entitled the “Five Laws of Gold,” which teaches you how to make your money work for you.  It will show you the secrets to increasing your gold, and why gold seems to come only to certain people.  Read this chapter, and you will understand why only some have, and others have not.

1) “Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family.”

2) “Gold laboreth diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds for it profitable employment, multiplying even as the flocks of the field.”

3) “Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling.”

4) “Gold slippeth away from the man who invests it in businesses or purposes with which he is not familiar or which are not approved by those who are skilled in its keep.”

5) “Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment.”

Why I love this book

George S. Clason created such an enjoyable read; I personally couldn’t put it down.  I would have to say that this is now one of my all-time favorites.  This book will teach you how to be rich!  Follow its guides, learn its decrees, and love its ways, and you too will become the richest man in Babylon.


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